The Healing Powers of Epsom Salts

Recovery is something that’s so hard to fit into our busy schedules. We find it easy to prioritize work, working out and hanging out with friends, but we don’t think about budgeting time (or money!) for recovery.  Thus, we often suffer the consequences by having to deal with recurring injuries and soreness. Cue Epsom salt baths, an affordable way to quickly add some recovery time into your schedule. Taking a salt-infused soak for as little as 12 minutes can make a big impact on the way your body feels and functions, and help with everything from inflammation to insomnia to ingrown toenails. Pretty cool, right? Here’s how it works! Where to buy epsom salts You might be thinking, Awesome! Can I take a bath with any salt? Sorry, but the short answer is no. Epsom salts aren’t actually even salts—they’re a mineral compound of magnesium and sulfite. By design, they break down easily when added to warm water and get absorbed into your body through your skin. They will almost instantly relax your tired, sore muscles from all …

Wondering What to Pack in a Gym Bag? The Top Gym Bag Essentials

Ten must-have items you should add to your gym bag ASAP.Sometimes packing for a workout class feels like you’re prepping for a weekend getaway. Between the clothes, toiletries and snacks, you might as well grab your suitcase and call it a day. But truth be told, it doesn’t have to be as complicated or cumbersome as we make it out to be. Whether you’re bouncing from one cycling class to the next or gearing up for a sweaty hot yoga sesh at your favorite studio, the list of goodies below will make your pre and post-workout life much easier. And as a bonus, the ClassPass app lets you search by “amenities” so you can find the things you need that won’t fit in your gym bag! Here’s what to pack in your gym bag: A change of clothes A protective mask A fresh towel A fitness tracker Anti-bacterial gel or spray Trainers A yoga mat A reusable shopper bag Airpods or headphones An awesome playlist A reusable water bottle Fresh socks Dry Shampoo Regardless of …

Will You Get Sick If You Don’t Dry Your Hair? Answers to Winter Beauty Woes

Ah, the glory days of summer. You can leave your indoor cycling class without drying your hair and have a tousled, beachy ‘do by the time you get to brunch. Those days get fewer and fewer during the fall, but by winter, it’s basically out of the question. Or is it? Can you really get sick from leaving the studio with wet hair during the winter?   Yossi Ivgi of James Corbett Studio  and Karen Conlon of Warren-Tricomi Salon answer some of the most common winter hair questions they receive in their salons. From leaving the studio with wet hair to tricks to preserving your hair color, they’ve got the tips and tricks that will keep your locks looking fresh regardless of the season.   Can you get sick from going outside with wet hair? This is a common myth parents use to get their children to zip up their coats in cold weather, but in reality, you can’t necessarily get sick from leaving the studio with wet hair. However, you can still do a lot …

Dermatologist Approved Face Products

Expert advice on keeping your skin fresh and clean. There’s a lot of information out there about skincare. You know what products to use and what to avoid. You’ve seen your favorite YouTuber’s 10-step skincare regimen. With all the skincare tips and tricks available, you’d think that something as simple as washing your face after your workout class would be common sense. Alas, in the information age, sometimes there can be too much information. Are face wipes good enough? Should you be using something supercharged or something gentle? When you want to get the honest truth, it’s best to ask the medical professionals. Dr. Janet Prystowsky, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Livad Skin Care, weighs in on this issue along with Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, the founder of Capital Laser & Skin Care and associate clinical professor in the Department of Dermatology at George Washington University Medical Center. These professionals give the details on what you need to know about cleansing the skin after a workout. (Hint: It’s simpler than you think). Wash your face before your workout …

Everything You Need to Know About Sauna Blankets

If everyone could have a sauna room in their house, they would. Not only do you feel extra luxurious when you’re sitting in one but they also help detoxify your body of all the nasty stuff. Sadly, they take up valuable real estate and are expensive. Sauna blankets, however, are the latest — more practical — trend in wellness. Plus, they let you live your life (a.k.a. binge-watch your new favorite Netflix show) while you pamper your body. What is a sauna blanket? Just as the name implies, it’s basically a sauna — ranging from 80°F – 160°F — that you wrap around your body to target all the nooks and crannies. Infrared sauna blankets are actually the most popular option on the market because they give the same results (bye-bye toxins!) at a lower temperature, making it more bearable for people who can’t handle the heat of a normal sauna. In turn, they place less stress on your body, making them more efficient. What are the benefits of sauna blankets? Similar to a regular …